Donation of Pillowcases to be Sent to Harvey Victims

Cindy Simmons has always been a fan of sewing quilts and pillowcases, but after seeing the devastation of Hurricane Harvey Simmons took to Facebook asking for donations of pillowcases and the response has been enormous. She said handmade pillowcases can be a light in times of disaster.

"They can become a treasure to the recipient. They are special and unique they aren't anything you can buy at Wal-Mart,” Simmons said. “They can be a thing that someone can hold onto and remember. It becomes their personal item that they can keep and remember. Especially those that end up in shelters or something and they are trying to hold onto a little bit of home. It's something that can belong to just them.”

When Simmons took to Facebook to ask for donations of pillowcases for Texans affected by Hurricane Harvey, she never thought the response would be as big as it is. Simmons has received donations from all across Texoma and from ten other states,

“It just makes my heart swell, going to make me cry,” Simmons said. “Just to know that we all care about each other. It doesn't matter where we are from. It doesn't matter what color we are. And it doesn't matter what political party we are. We are all human and we all care about each other.”

Each pillowcase is handmade and different so she has one for anyone’s style.

"We go with sports. Say the kids are in junior high or high school playing football, baseball, basketball, we have those for them. Let's say they are animal lovers, we have puppy dogs and we have kitty cats,” Simmons said."It's one of my favorites that a friend of mine in New York, she is a certified instructor also, Susan Deshensky. She is a retired police officer so first responders from New York was very important to her."

So far, she has received almost 500 pillowcases coming from Oregon to Florida. On top of the pillowcases Simmons has also received monetary donations that she plans to use to buy supplies with when she takes the pillow cases to south Texas at the end of the month.


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